Dicentra spectabilis or Bleeding Heart are also commonly known as Lady in the Bath. Dicentra spectabilis is a superb garden plant and has masses of pink flowers on slender gracefully arching stems. Dicentra spectabilis are very showy plants and will bring a mass of colour to your garden.
Dicentras are easy to grow and are very showy plants and will grow in shady areas. They prefer a light well-drained soil. In heavy soils, just add grit and sand to lighten it up. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and add some well rotted manure or granular fertiliser to the soil when cultivating. Plant the roots so that the tops are 8 to 10cms below the soil surface. Cover with soil and firm around roots gently as roots can easily be broken. Leave to establish for a few years and then In subsequent years they can be divided in late autumn or early spring. Best left to naturalise for a number of years, they are winter hardy but would benefit from mulching over winter.
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AGM = Award of Garden Merit by the RHS
Height: 24″ (60cm)
Soil type: Light soils, however in heavier soils just add grit to give the drainage.
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun